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Date Released: 9/8/2004
Subject: Sexual Assault Update
Contact: Brenda Gainey, PIO
Case No#: 200405751
Released By: Brenda Gainey, PIO

Location: McKinleyville

Upon further investigation by Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives, it has been determined that last week’s sexual assault in McKinleyville did not occur as first reported to the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Detectives continued the investigation over this past weekend, processing evidence and talking with potential witnesses. However, as the investigation progressed, troubling inconsistencies in the alleged victim’s report emerged. Eventually, the teenager admitted to fabricating the story; the individual in the composite sketch was made up.

Sheriff’s Detectives are requesting the following charges be filed against the teenager: filing a false report to a peace officer and willfully delaying or obstructing a peace officer (both charges are misdemeanors).

The girl’s name in being withheld because she is a juvenile.